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Teacher Truancy, Open Lunch Periods and Charter Funding

Ian Scott on Monday, November 30, 2009 at 12:35:44 pm

Below are a few interesting education related articles for everyone interested in the quality and results of our K-12 system.

Student absenteeism has long been an issue for educators, but under Arne Duncan's leadership the Department of Education is now tracking teacher attendance.  Teacher truancy has an impact on student performance, it is also a major expense for school districts.  Now teacher attendance will be tracked as part of the federal funding formula for low performing schools.

- Check out this article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Learning Curve: Teachers too often MIA

A Maryland high school is betting that simply reorganizing the day (a no cost school reform) can help improve student engagement and test scores.  Patuxent High School is joining others in the state by getting rid of rotating 30 minute lunch periods and implementing an hour-long school-wide lunch.  The open time allows clubs to meet and students to get extra help and mentoring from teachers.

- Check out this article from the Washington Post: Calvert high turns them loose at lunch

Despite facing a serious budget deficit, Rhode Island is proposing an increase in funding for charter schools in their next budget.  The move is drawing criticism from teacher's unions in the state.

- Check out this article from the Providence Journal: Charter school budget raised by educators

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